1. [ adjective ] afloat on the surface of a body of water
Synonyms: adrift

"after the storm the boats were adrift"

Related terms: afloat
2. [ adjective ] continually changing especially as from one abode or occupation to another
Synonyms: floating vagabond vagrant aimless

"a drifting double-dealer" "the floating population" "vagrant hippies of the sixties"

Related terms: unsettled
3. [ noun ] (transportation) aimless wandering from place to place
Related terms: wandering stray
Similar spelling:   drafting